People are in mourning over news of Gerald “Buddie” Tiller of the Atlanta rap group Dem Franchize Boyz passing away.
The news was first confirmed Sunday on the group’s Instagram page, and over a photo of Tiller someone wrote “R.I.P Buddie. You will be missed.” The group also posted some old video footage of the rapper and again wrote rest in peace. Group member Parlae shared a photo of Tiller as well to acknowledge his passing.
Jermaine Dupri, who signed Dem Franchize Boyz in 2005, also commented on the sad news and quoted one of Tiller’s lines from the group’s smash “Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It.” The So So Def founder revealed that Tiller died of cancer as well.
“They call me Doctor Doc I prescribe what a n—a need #ripbuddy may your soul rest easy #demfranchiseboyz. #f–kcancer,” wrote Dupri on Sunday.
Da Brat sent her condolences too and like Dupri mentioned cancer in one of her hastags. “#RIPBUDDY#demfranchizeboyz#🖕🏽cancer,” she wrote Sunday.
Dem Franchize Boyz, who grew to success during rap’s snap music era, released three albums between 2004-2008 — their self-titled release, then “On Top of Our Game” and “Our World, Our Way.” They also dropped a mixtape in 2011 titled “Voltron.”
Plus, the quartet scored three hit singles during their run, “Oh, I Think They Like Me,” “White Tee,” as well as “Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It.”
Besides Tiller and Maurice “Parlae,” Gleaton, Dem Franchize Boyz consist of Jamal “Pimpin'” Willingham and Bernard “Jizzal Man” Leverette. The group was tapped to be a part of Dupri’s So So Def 25th anniversary concert at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena in October, but it was cancelled.